I plan to rent and sign a 12 month lease.There is a chance my wife will transfer jobs in 6 months out of state.Can you break the lease at 6months?

Asked by Dave, 53213 Mon Aug 2, 2010

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Mon Aug 2, 2010
There are certain federally-mandated conditions (revolving around military service) which entitle renters to early release from a lease.

But if you're just an ordinary "Joe and Jane" signing a 12-month lease, then no. Of course you can't break the lease. You committed to 12 months.

What you might consider is signing a 6 month lease. Or a 6-month lease with a right to renew for another 6 months. Or a 12-month lease with some sort of penalty provision--but something less harsh than if you broke the 12 month lease. But never, ever sign a 12-month lease if you think there's a possibility that you'll only be there for 6 months. It isn't fair to the owner, and you can get into a lot of hot water.
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